Fill The Vault
About two years ago, I read a book called the actors life by actress Jenna Fischer for the six of you who don't know. She's most known for playing the character Pam on the office. But her book is all about what it's really like to become an actor in Hollywood. One of the things that she mentions in the book is about the importance of filling the vault. Here's a quote from her book. She writes every project you finish has value whether it's the one woman show. You wrote the Web series with only twenty four of us. The pilot wrote with your friend. All are important and will pay off somehow. Putting things in the vault is important. I have a friend who's been writing a hilarious, and since series of children's books for the past two years. She's a struggling actress. Who said to me one day I. Don't know why I. Keep doing these books. No one's going to publish them at the very least they keep me saying I love them. And I told her one day. You're going to break out in a big way I just know it and your new fancy agent is going to ask you what ideas you have, and you will go into your vault. pull out the series of children's books and say that you have a fully developed idea for an animated series, and it will happen because that's how this stuff works. When you become a busy working actor, you won't have time to fill the vault, so fill it now. I love that image that Jenner Paints for makers who may be feeling discouraged that their work isn't being shared with the masses yet or haven't hasn't been shared at all. And I love how she points out the importance of doing the hard good work and filling the vault now so that later you'll have worked to pull from after you get super-busy, but I wanna take the liberty to extend this concept of filling the volt, even further because the truth is. We need to be a practice of filling the vault even after week. Week published land the job seal the deal or quote unquote make it if we don't have a regular practice of filling the vault, even small ways will get bored burnout. Give up or lose our creative spark, and I'm just going to adhere to filling. The volt is really for all of us whether or not, we ever realize our dream or hit that big goal or make that big deal whatever the case may be filling. The vault is part of being human. It's part of the creative process, and it is so deeply important. Taking my inspiration from Jennifer, fisher? Here are three ways to fill the volt, no matter where you are in your own vocational journey so that you keep doing your good work forever. Number One. Keep a quote journal. I'm a reader and I'm a firm believer that my very best ideas are not exactly new, but tend to stand on the shoulders of the best ideas. Someone else had I'm admitting it now there you go. You heard it here. First. I've made peace with this and I realized part of the way I fill the volt is to pay attention to and write down quotes that are meaningful to me so that I can let the thoughts and ideas from other creators sing in harmony with my own experience and hopefully one day that will become a new song. This is a lovely way of honoring the work of other writers and letting their work inspire new work in me, not as a way to copy them, but as a way to learn from them not to get too Meta, but the title of this episode fill the vault. Those aren't even my words as I've already mentioned. Those are Jenna Fischer's words, and I got them from a paragraph in her book and that Paragraph in her book inspired an entire episode of my podcast. See how that works. A second way to fill the vault create right and store every idea. This one is most close to the intention. I think Jenna had in her book when she wrote about filling the vault. Have a way to categorize. Your ideas doesn't have to be fancy has to work for you. This is for you if you are a high school student with dreams of going to film school, or if you're retired and wondering what might be next, my dad wrote his first book at Age Sixty six, and after retiring, he now co runs, Hope Raiders fulltime with me Brian, Dixon. He's using skills that he filled the vault with for decades now he's using them and hope writers, but he never knew if they would be useful. One day spoiler alert. They are useful and his life is proof. Finally a third and perhaps most overlooked way of filling the volt. Rest on purpose. There's a woman named Tricia who I've been learning a lot from lately. She sees rest as a healing tool for empowerment. She's the founder of the net ministry, which you can find on Instagram at the net ministry, and her work is to examine the liberating power of naps. Yes, like I'M GONNA. Take an APP like a toddler. While she believes rest is a form of resistance and in her words, a key component for justice. In her work, she speaks specifically to black women who are actually burdened and exhausted by the state of the world today. One Way to fill the volt is to rest on purpose. Imagine the lasting healthy change that could come from well rested people. And that is essentially where you'll find me today. Every year in July I tried to take some intentional time away. You won't see that reflected in these episodes because I've worked ahead so that they can drop on time last year. I took a month long sabbatical this year. It's only two weeks, but these two weeks are vital for the health of my soul, my family and also the work I do here. With every book I've written with every new idea I've had. That has grown into something lasting. I can point back to a specific and intentional time away from where that new idea was born or took more meaningful shape.